About Me


Welcome and thank you for your interest in this blog!
I’m Matt Bateman, and I want to give you the local scoop on where to go and what to do in the North Carolina mountains.
my desire is to help couples, families, church and outdoor enthusiast groups – just about anyone within a days drive of western North Carolina and the Smoky Mountains – plan a visit to our area. It’s an area I like to call the “quieter side of the Smokies.”
My goal is to make trip planning easy, connecting you with the best of what our region has to offer, making your experience here as great as it can be.

Like our main website, I created this blog with you in mind.  here, you’ll find unique experiences from me, your ‘local expert’.  i  provide you with a local’s perspective on how to enjoy our area to the fullest, while keeping you up-to-date on the latest north carolina mountain happenings.  In the end, you’ll have a wealth of knowledge, all from my local perspective, and experiences in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.